Dark Sisters – Cast/Artistic Team

Samina Aslam recently completed her graduate studies at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She received her bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University. She has performed with several companies and institutions including Cincinnati Opera, CCM Opera, Opera North, Opera Louisiane, and LSU Opera. Ms. Aslam is from Anchorage, Alaska.

Julie Barker, soprano, is a second-year Master of Music candidate studying with Lynn Eustis. She recently performed Belinda in Dido and Aeneas with Boston University and will soon be appearing as Betuska in Dvorak’s The Cunning Peasant with Calliope. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Brigham Young University.

Kaitlin Bertenshaw has performed as an Apprentice Artist at Chautauqua Opera and Sarasota Opera as a Studio Artist.  Most recently, she made her debut at Boston Lyric Opera in their Signature Series. She has sung Rebecca Nurse in Ward’s The Crucible, Madrigal in Manon Lescaut, and Second Lady in The Magic Flute.  She is winner of the Arizona District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council and was a Western Regional Finalist that same year.

Jorgeandrés Camargo, Bass-Baritone, is a native of Houston, Texas. He received his Bachelors from the Eastman School of Music and his currently working on his Masters at Boston University studying with Dr. Jerrold Pope. Upcoming roles include Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, the Captain in Florencia en el Amazonas, and Leporello in Don Giovanni.

Mezzo-soprano Emily Harmon is a M.M. candidate in Vocal Performance. Some of her previous roles include Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Cherubino and Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro), and Mother Jeanne (Dialogues of the Carmelites).  At Boston University, Harmon also often appears as a featured soloist with the Time’s Arrow New Music Ensemble.

Mezzo-soprano Bethany Hickman holds a Master of Music from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor of Music from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.  In 2012, Bethany was a studio artist with Central City Opera, and this summer she covered Stephano in Roméo et Juliette with Des Moines Metro Opera.  Other performance highlights include roles in L’amico Fritz, Albert Herring, Die Zauberflöte, Le nozze di Figaro, and Falstaff.

Kelley Hollis is thrilled to be making her Boston opera debut with the Opera Institute! Originally from West Palm Beach, FL, Kelley received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Voice and Opera from Northwestern University. Kelley has previously performed at the Castelton Festival and with the Chautauqua Opera company.

Kasey King, soprano, is a second year Opera Institute artist studying with Penelope Bitzas. Having received her Master’s in Music from Northwestern University in 2012, she has performed with various professional companies such as Chautauqua Opera and the Boston Masterworks Chorale. She is very excited to be a part of the Opera Institute’s 2013-2014 season.

Soprano Ji Eun Park is a doctoral student studying with Penelope Bitzas. She has performed Lidoine (Dialogues of the Carmelites), Violetta (La traviata), Miss Wingrave (Owen Wingrave), and Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito) at Boston University. She is the first prize winner of MetroWest Opera competition in 2013.

Bass-baritone Zack Rabin is thrilled to be in his second year at the Opera Institute singing Prophet/King. He is also slated to sing Captain in Florencia en al Amazones, and Leporello in Don Giovanni. Zack has recently been heard with Ash Lawn Opera, Natchez Festival of Music, Chautauqua Opera, Lyric Opera of Virginia, Boston Masterworks Chorale, Virginia Consort and many others. He studies with Jim Demler.

Vera Savage, mezzo-soprano, recently performed the role of Sesto in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, Flora in Verdi’s La Traviata, the Prioress in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Madeline Mitchell in Heggie’s Three Decembers with the Opera Institute. She is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at BU, where she is a student of Penelope Bitzas. Vera will make her main-stage debut in the 2014-2015 season with Florentine Opera in Milwaukee, Wisconson.

Stephanie Zuluaga, Mezzo-Soprano is a first year M.M. Vocal Performance student at BU. Stephanie was raised in Kansas City where she attended UMKC for her B.A. in Vocal Performance. Stephanie has performed extensively in the Midwest, including in Wichita Grand Opera’s YAP and Springfield Lyric Opera’s Jazz Aria.

Ruby White, soprano, is a native of Salt Lake City, Utah, and received her B.M. from the University of Utah. She has performed with the Ohio Light Opera, La Musica Lirica in Italy, and Utah Lyric Opera. Last spring Ms. White played the role of Servilia in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito with the Opera Institute. She currently resides in Boston where she is pursuing a M.M, and studies with Dr. Lynn Eustis.

Sara Womble studies voice with Sharon Daniels, and is member of BU’s Opera Theatre, where she has performed the role of Mag in Richard Wargo’s Ballymore.  Other roles and partial roles include Héro (Béatrice et Bénédict), Marguerite (Faust), Musetta (La Boheme), and Adele (Die Fledermaus).  Sara graduated Phi beta kappa and Magna cum laude from Duke University, where she studied with Susan Dunn, with a degree in Music Performance and English.

Scenic Designer: Kayla Hogg Cantrall
Kayla Cantrall is a junior Scenic Design major at Boston University. Past works include set designer for Mench Meiner, assistant set designer for Waiting for Godot, and assistant paint charge for the 2011 Fringe.

Assistant Scenic Designer: Arianna Knox
Arianna Knox is happy to be assisting in her first production at Boston University. She is a first year graduate student in the scenic design program with dual degrees in acting and set design from Marymount Manhattan College. Previous credits include various productions in both New York and North Carolina.

Lighting Designer: Nick Cyr
Nick Cyr – is a first year Lighting Graduate student pursuing a MFA in Lighting Design from Boston University. Recently, Nick has designed Sunset Boulevard and Dreamgirls for Maine State Music Theatre. Nick has also spent the last four years working as the Master Electrician at the Fulton Opera House in Lancaster, PA. He would like to thank his Mom and wife Anne, for their continued love and support.

Costume Designer: Gina Cercone
Gina Cercone is a Senior in the College of Fine Arts studying Costume Design. This is her third lead design show at Boston University (Blood Knot and After Ashley) and her second time working in the BU Fringe Festival. She is thrilled to be designing her first opera at BU and is thankful to have the chance to collaborate with such a wonderful design and production team. She would like to send a special thank you to her assistant Nicole for all of her help! Toi toi toi!

Properties Master: Ryan Bates
Ryan Bates is a 2nd year MFA candidate in Scenic Design. He holds a BA in Theatre and Art History from Middlebury College. Recent design credits include Shining City, The Skriker, and Le Portrait de Manon at BU, and HarrimanBaines, a new play presented at the Dream Up! Festival through Theatre for the New City in NYC. Up next: Pacific Overtures at the Calderwood Pavilion’s Wimberly Theatre.

Stage Manager: Jaclyn Fulton
Jaclyn Fulton is thrilled to be rejoining the Opera Institute for this year’s Fringe. A junior Stage Management major, Jaclyn’s professional credits include work with The Huntington Theatre Company (The Jungle Book, Good People), Boston Early Music Festival (Almira), New Repertory Theatre (Three Viewings Encore), Arts After Hours (Much Ado About Nothing, and The Chevalier Theatre Commission (A Christmas Carol). Favorite BU credits include Owen Wingrave and Ladies of the Camellias with the OI, and Aurora Borealis with the School of Theatre and FitRec Dance departments. Jaclyn thanks her mom, sister, and Matthew for their incredible love and support!

Assistant Stage Manager: Mariah P. MacKenzie
Mariah P. MacKenzie is currently a junior at Boston University, perusing her BFA in Stage Management. Her BU School of Theatre credits include Tongue of a Bird and Shining City. Her BU Opera Institute credits include Il Matrimonio Segreto. Mariah has also recently worked with The Huntington Theatre Company.

Production Manager: Ni Chun Shih
Shih is currently a first year graduate student persuing her MFA in Production Management in Boston University. She holds a BA degree in Music Performance from Beijing Central Conservatory of Music. She was a Stage Manager for Stage Net Theatre from Taiwan. NiChun is very excited as this is her first production in Boston University.





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